Green Way to Clean

By admin On November 30th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

Tracie Runge, an OPPD programmer analyst, aka Mrs. Green Clean, reviews green products, usually with help from her 9-year-old daughter, Cameran.  We will post some of Tracie’s reviews here for your benefit.

Product: Baking soda, salt and aluminum foil as a silver cleaner.

Cost: Minimal — probably less than 25 cents for the amount Tracie used.

Scent: None.

Used on: Sterling silver necklace.

Cleaning power: Okay, I have a confession. I found the ingredient list for this cleaner, but no instructions for how to actually do it, so I had to wing it. My first attempt was a miserable failure. Apparently throwing baking soda, salt, and a piece of aluminum foil into a bowl of water, along with some dirty silver jewelry, isn’t the way it works.

Once it occurred to me that this process wasn’t working I got creative. I made a paste of baking soda and salt, and rubbed it on the jewelry with the aluminum foil. And my, oh my, it works!

Cameran has a peace sign necklace of sterling silver that desperately needed the tarnish cleaned off, and it looks brand new again. This mixture is great!

Cameran’s comments: She wasn’t around for this one, but she was super-surprised at how great her necklace looks!

Depend on or ditch: Depend on! Once I figured out how to actually do it, it was cheap, easy and fast. What more could a mom ask for?

Aim Green with LED Holiday Lights

By admin On November 19th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

The holidays are here. Once your belly is full of turkey and stuffing, you next task may be putting up those holiday lights. For a greener holiday, consider using LED holiday lights.

LEDs are More Energy-Efficient
LEDs use 90% less electricity than regular Christmas lights, saving you money on your holiday utility bills, and reducing your impact on the environment.

LEDs Last Longer
LED lights last up to 100,000 hours. Based on five hours a day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, that’s only 200 hours of use each year. You’ll enjoy your lights for years to come!

LEDs are More Durable
Since LEDs use light emitting diodes (not incandescence) to produce light, there are no filaments to burn out; and thus, no bulbs to replace. Just plug in your Christmas lights, and they’re ready for use. Also, since the bulbs are plastic, rather than glass, there’s less chance of breaking lights while you’re stringing them up, and less time spent fussing over how they’re packed up after the holidays.

LEDs Come in a Variety of Styles
Big bulbs, small bulbs, colored bulbs, white bulbs—LED Christmas lights come in a wide variety of styles – so there’s truly something for everyone. You can even find snowflake-shaped lights, rope lights and net lights.

Video Contest Honorable Mentions

By admin On November 15th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

05 Go Green from OPPD News on Vimeo.

As mentioned in our last post, OPPD recently sponsored Project GreenFlick. This contest encourages high school students to submit videos (less than two minutes in length) about energy-efficiency or the environment.

Congratulations to our winners - highlighted in our Nov. 9th posting. However, because we received almost 50 video entries, we’d love you to check out our top ten.

Click here to see some creative videos from Nebraska high schools.

We will continue to host future contests, so continue to vist this site, follow AimGreen on Twitter or become a fan of Aim Green on Facebook.

The Project GreenFlick winners are….

By admin On November 9th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

Thank you to all our 2010 Project GreenFlick participants. This year, OPPD received almost 50 video entries from a creative, talented group of high school students.

Project GreenFlick encourages high school students to submit videos (less than two minutes in length) about energy-efficiency or the environment.

So, without further hesitation, we are pleased to announce this year’s winners:

First Place - COST OF THE ORDINARY, from Millard North High School

01 Cost of the Ordinary from OPPD News on Vimeo.

Second Place - ENERGY SAVER, from Omaha Northwest High Magnet School

02 Energy Saver from OPPD News on Vimeo.

Third Place (tie) - RECYCLE, from Omaha North High Magnet School

03 Recycle from OPPD News on Vimeo.

Third Place (tie) - BOBBY THE BOTTLE, from Omaha North High Magnet School

03 Bobby the Bottle from OPPD News on Vimeo.

To view our Top Ten, which includes our four winners and six honorable mentions, click here.

Historic Efficiency Improvements

By admin On November 4th, 2010 in Uncategorized /

More than 500 state and local code officials voted on changes to the nation’s model energy code to achieve energy savings of 30% relative to the 2006 model code and meet the 30% savings goal sought by the U.S. Department of Energy as well as many other lawmakers and officials. The model energy code governs home and commercial building construction, additions, and renovations in 47 states and the District of Columbia where local building codes are based on these national model standards.

The proposals adopted into the new code address all aspects of residential and commercial building construction. In the residential sector, improvements will:
• Ensure that new homes are better sealed to reduce heating and cooling losses,
• Improve the efficiency of windows and skylights,
• Increase insulation in ceilings, walls, and foundations,
• Reduce wasted energy from leaky heating and cooling ducts,
• Improve hot-water distribution systems to reduce wasted energy and water in piping, and boost lighting efficiency.

In addition to many of the features cited above, the commercial buildings package includes:
• continuous air barriers
• daylighting controls
• use of economizers in additional climates
• a choice of three paths for designers and developers to increase efficiency: renewable energy systems, more efficient HVAC equipment, or improved lighting systems.

The package also requires commissioning of new buildings to ensure that the actual energy performance of the building meets the design intent.
A study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that an average home that’s 30% more energy efficient returns $511 a year in energy savings to homeowners after taking into account the small mortgage payment increase needed to pay for efficiency improvements. From the national economic perspective, efficient buildings will demonstrably reduce U.S. energy consumption, which will help stabilize energy costs to businesses and manufacturers, defer the need for new power plant construction, and, by reducing energy demand, improve national energy security.
This information was provided by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

About ACEEE: The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visit

Meet The New Girl

By admin On November 1st, 2010 in Uncategorized /

For you avid followers of, you know that Kyle was not only one of our behind-the-scenes guys, but he was also the star of many an aim green video. 

Well, we’re sad to announce that Kyle has moved on to, but we’d like to introduce you to Althea, Kyle’s replacement.  Althea will be joining Django, Laurie and many others that are happy to bring you the latest green news. 

Thanks for visiting As always we welcome your questions, input, comments, photos and videos. Drop us a note at We look forward to hearing from you.

Enjoy Althea’s debut video below.